1969 Steve McQueen Baja Racer Sells for $60,000

1969 Chevrolet Baja race truck, once owned by Steve McQueen.
(Photo courtesy Mecum Auctions).

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From Hemmings Blog -

 A Vic Hickey-prepared 1969 Chevrolet pickup Baja racer, once owned by Steve McQueen and said to be the first truck specifically constructed by GM for use in the Mexican 1000 Rally (the predecessor of the Baja 1000), sold at last weekend’s Mecum Santa Monica auction for $60,000. One of four motorized vehicles (including a second pickup and a pair of motorcycles) associated with the late actor at the auction, the Chevrolet was the only one to go home with a new owner after topping its reserve price.

Debuting in the inaugural 1968 Mexican 1000, the Chevrolet pickup was first raced by Cliff Coleman and Johnny Diaz. A mere 80 miles from the starting line, it broke intake valves on six of its eight cylinders; despite this, Coleman and Diaz limped the pickup back to Ensenada, sourced a new pair of heads and returned to the race, finishing in just over 36 hours.

The C10 (or technically, a K10 due to its four-wheel drive drivetrain) was next raced by Coleman in the 1969 Mint 400, before being purchased by McQueen (as part of a lot of GM-owned race vehicles) in 1970.

There’s no evidence that McQueen drove the truck himself, though off-road legend Mickey Thompson raced it to a win at Riverside during the actor’s ownership. In 1972, the truck was among the holdings sold by McQueen to fund a divorce settlement, and Joe Metcalf, a Vic Hickey employee, bought it to use on his farm for several decades . . .

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